San Antonio Spurs 2010-11 schedule under the magnifying glass
The San Antonio Spurs 2010-2011 regular season schedule was released on Tuesday. In what could be the last year (or is that next year?) that the Spurs compete for an NBA title, we take a look at the schedule and see what lies ahead for the silver and black from late October to mid-April.
- San Antonio’s first game of the season is October 27 at home against the Indiana Pacers.
- In December, 11 of the Spurs’ 15 games are at the AT&T Center.
- Jeff McDonald of the Express-News tweeted that the Spurs will be on national TV 22 times next season.
- The Rodeo Road Trip runs nine games from February 1 through 17. The Spurs play Portland, the Lakers, Sacramento, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, New Jersey and Chicago on the trip. Absent is the usual combination of two straight games in the Staples Center against the Lakers and Clippers. In fact, the Spurs don’t do that two step at all this season. But there are three back-to-back sets on the RRT.
- All-Star Weekend is February 18-20. Will Tim Duncan continue his streak? Will Tony Parker join him? Tiago Splitter vs. DeJuan Blair in the Rookie-Sophomore game? (Yes, please. To all.)
- The heir-to-the-throne Miami Heat make their only regular season visit to the AT&T Center on Friday, March 4. The Lakers make one of their twoÂ appearancesÂ a couple days later on Sunday, March 6.
- The Spurs play 29 of their 50 games in 2011 on the road (because of the Rodeo Road Trip).
- The silver and black play 18 back-to-backs in 2010-2011. Seven of those are in March and April. Ugh.
- The Spurs’ hardest stretch of games may be the eight game slate from March 23 to April 5. San Antonio plays Denver, Portland, Memphis, Portland again, Boston, Houston, Phoenix and Atlanta. There are two-and-a-half back-to-backs in that stretch (the Atlanta game is the first of another back-to-back) and those teams were a combined 392-264 last season. That span of games may determine where San Antonio ends up in the Western Conference standings.